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Revelation 6:1-8

on November 30, 2018

I was more excited to read this book than any other book on our reading list. But I became a little frightened though when I took a step back for self-reflection. I got even more scared when I realized how inundated I was in these companies. Take for example how I came about physically acquiring…

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Who will care for our souls? Not The Four.

on November 29, 2018

One of the newest texts on global consumerism will hit readers like a punch in the gut. Why? Because the author speaks of a reality much of the world lives in but does not check or often question. This reality is that of the inundation of the largest tech companies in the world into everyday…

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Proverbs 28: The Exact OPPOSITE of the Big Four

on November 29, 2018

This was a FASCINATING read–The Four: The Hidden DNA of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google [1] by NYU’s Professor Scott Galloway–but what was his main point? Was it, “How not to change the world” or “We sold ourselves to the devil”? Perhaps it was to sound an alarm of pending doom, or maybe it was strategically…

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Benighted view of corporate influence

on November 29, 2018

When I first arrived in China I walked into a department store. We were setting up our home and needed a few items. I had already had moments of culture shock learning some of the ways that we needed to shop. We were in the capital city and I expected stores to have everything. So…

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Who is god?

on November 29, 2018

Matthew 6:24 (NKJV) “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other; you cannot serve God and mammon.” Perhaps this is not the most accurate verse to describe Scott Galloway’s book “The Four,” but…

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Small but sustainable

on November 29, 2018

Scott Galloway’s book, The Four, is a dystopian vision of our world run by the Four Horsemen of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google. They read our mail, they track our steps, they know in advance what we will purchase, they listen in on our conversations. They know our political convictions, they lurk among our network…

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People Look For Answers Where They Wont Be Judged…

on November 29, 2018

What does The Four have to do with ministry? Well, if as a pastor, you live and work with people whose lives are affected by these companies, then a whole lot. Scott Galloway outlines just how much influence, these four have not only in our lives but in the world economy as well. As I was…

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Open The Door!

on November 29, 2018

Scott Galloway is bold, and probably a bit brazen, in his attitude towards The Four – Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple Tech companies.  Galloway’s edgy demeanor stems from his twenty plus years of experience with, and study of, these companies.  Galloway is quick to admit he has personally profited from his investment in Amazon and…

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The Four Plus Starbucks Plus the Author Equals Six

on November 29, 2018

Scott Galloway is a business expert, a life achiever and coach in the way of Steven Covey for a new generation. But Scott has grit and toughness and boldness in his teaching. As a professing atheist (according to this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMW6xgPgY4s&fbclid=IwAR1ZKrQYzcsCiO7YtTzkiechtBIqyTFQEgnDI8ezVu1_bMFlDx8J5XSVm6M), it seems that his conviction causes him to find his energy and drive from…

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Should we boycott the telephone and go back to morse code?

on November 29, 2018

Scott Galloway invites his readers to peer behind the curtain, take on the burden of his bitter diatribe and cover the landscape of Amazon headquarters in picket signs. In short, his aim is to dismantle and deconstruct the progression of the great and powerful Wizard of Oz, aka: Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google. He believes…

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The end of the world or a path to follow?

on November 29, 2018

It all sounds so ominous. The transformation of Western society at the hands of four of the most powerful and influential businesses ever. The development of the digital age, the ubiquitous influence of the computer and the internet have collectively opened up the door for the rise of what Scott Galloway calls ‘The Four Horsemen’…

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Missionaries and Technology

on November 29, 2018

What do The Four—Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google—have to do with missionary effectiveness and sustainability in the 21st century? A lot. Global connectivity is one of the present realities that mission leaders need to address as they adapt their ministries to be relevant to the culture in which we live. Consider the story of John…

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Are the Leaders of “The Four” Truly Happy?

on November 28, 2018

Scott Galloway writes a provocative expose on the most powerful companies in the world called The Four: The Hidden DNA of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google. What an interesting read, not just because I’m a tech nerd, but also because he had a very causal, easy-to-read style to his writing that kept me turning more…

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Maybe the Video will Help…

on November 28, 2018

I think you have to watch some of Scott Galloway’s videos in order to really enjoy his book.  It helps you hear his voice and understand the tone and tempo of his writing.  Galloway, a serial entrepreneur and NYU Stern School of Business professor also runs his own “business intelligence (fancy term for research) firm that…

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Living in the Jetsons age

on November 25, 2018

Scott Galloway’s The Four is a book on how to understand, navigate, and hopefully live in a fast-paced digital age that is currently dominated by the apocalyptical Four Horsemen named Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google. Referred to as Biblical “leviathans” these four technological companies have gained the power to defy law, control people’s private data,…

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Change is Good, Especially When God Is Moving

on November 17, 2018

Have you ever had one of those moments when you realize you have been working in the completely wrong direction? (read that in Andy Rooney’s voice) This happened to me on Thursday, I was about to start writing my blog post for this week, and per usual, I started to glance at the other posts…

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Leadership Mystique

on November 16, 2018

What it’s about. This is in line with emotional intelligence, and developing social awareness and human behavioral management abilities that the rest of the semester has also focused on. It’s the “working with people” problem that people never seem to be able to get away from. What I liked Many business leaders and many who…

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The head and the body: one DNA

on November 16, 2018

After reading Edwin Friedman’s Failure of Nerve, I have not stopped pondering the influence a leader has, whether or not they are near those they lead. The idea that a leader can have a major impact on an organization or family system indirectly is profound, especially that the effect can be just as much or…

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Leadership Legacy

on November 15, 2018

An image that has haunted me, not only from Hong Kong but also from the many temples that I have visited, is of a mother or father that are pushing their child to kneel, incense in hand and bowing before a golden image that is so beautifully decorated, immaculately polished yet unable to provide the…

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Even Kets de Vries agrees…

on November 15, 2018

I’m pleasantly surprised again this week! Kets de Vries has written a poignant leadership book – Leadership Mystique – full of practical and culturally competent leadership wisdom.  Even better, Kets de Vries is a psychologist and “speaks my [social work] language”.  There are so many parallels to past themes in prior readings in Kets de…

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